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What does Bjorn mean?

Bjorn [bjorn] as a boys' name is pronounced bee-YORN. It is of Scandinavian and Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Bjorn is "bear". Variant of Bernard. Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg.

Associated with: scandinavian, norse, bear.


Bjorn has 4 variants: Bjarn, Bjarne, Bjorne and Bjornsterne.

Related boy name: Bern.

Bjorn has 5 more relations via Bernard: Barny, Bear, Bern, Bernd and Bernt.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Bjogan, Burorn, ..

(female) Bjoan, Bjora, ..

How popular is Bjorn?

Bjorn is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#47735 out of 150436, Top 32%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Bjorn for boys. Bjorn entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #1246 in the U.S. in the 1980s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bjorn name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bjorn outside U.S.

Prominent variation forms of Bjorn are Bear (#1333 in recent rankings) and Bernard (#1173). These forms of Bjorn were at the top of their popularity in the 1920s (usage of 0.38%) and have become much less common since (usage 0.02%, down 96.1%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bjorn, Bear, Bernard in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bjorn outside U.S.

Similar Names


Bjorn is alike in pronunciation to Beirne, Berne, Biron, Born, Borne, Bourn, Bourne, Buiron, Burn, Burne, Byrn and Byrne. Other suggested similar names are Borg, Boyn, Bron, Brown, Gjorn, Jorn, Lorn and Thorn. Like Bjorn, these names are not commonly used.